A Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) was launched in South East Edinburgh on 18th November to highlight the risks of underage drinking and improve the health and wellbeing of local young people.
CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to prevent alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. More than 200 schemes have now been launched across England, Scotland and Wales.
In the South East Edinburgh CAP, partners include the Police Scotland, Trading Standards, City of Edinburgh Council, retailers and businesses, education and youth Services and the local community. The CAP will focus on all areas in the south east of the city as well as the city centre. It will work with youth services and local organisations to provide alcohol-free activities for young people and with local schools to take a proactive approach to alcohol education and ensure young people are equipped to make the right decisions about issues including alcohol and drugs and anti-social and criminal behaviour. Working with local retailers will help them avoid making underage sales and reduce ‘proxy’ sales where adults buy alcohol for under-18s.
Sgt.Barry Mercer of Police Scotland said: “Young people can face difficult challenges in their lives and we need to ensure they have the confidence to help them make the right decision. Alcohol abuse can severely reduce a young person’s ability to make positive choices. We welcome this collaborative working and look forward to working with people with so much knowledge and experience in this field. When we work together, we can achieve great things and by providing this access and support to young people we will give them the confidence to go forward and live healthy lives.”
Kate Winstanley, Director of Community Alcohol Partnerships, said: "I am delighted to see the launch of a CAP in South East Edinburgh. Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, drug-taking, violence and drinking problems in later life. In just over a decade, CAP has set up more than 200 partnerships around the UK and our evaluations show they are having a significant impact on reducing children’s alcohol consumption, improving their health and wellbeing and enhancing the communities where they live.”
About Community Alcohol Partnerships:
CAPs bring together a range of local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults.
A rigorous evaluation framework shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking, with CAP areas demonstrating:
· 61% average reductions in weekly drinking among 13–16-year-olds
· 99% of retailers passed Challenge 25 compliance test for alcohol sales
· 86% of retailers did not sell alcohol when they suspected it was a ‘proxy’ sale
· 50% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them
· 42% reduction in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
For more information see: www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk